Penguins sign LW Neal to 6-year contract extension

JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer Published:

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed left wing James Neal to a six-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $5 million a season.

The deal was announced by the team Sunday morning, hours before the Penguins play at Buffalo. And it comes nearly a year to the day Pittsburgh acquired the high-scoring forward in a trade with Dallas.

Neal has delivered for the Penguins. The 24-year-old is second on the team and tied for fourth in the NHL after scoring his career-best 30th goal in a 6-4 win at Philadelphia on Saturday.

He also has a career-best 56 points and 13 power-play goals, tied for the league lead.

Neal was in the final season of his contract, and is now locked up through the 2017-18 season.